When you've been hurt in an auto accident in the state of Nevada, it is natural to have compensation on your mind. However, compensation is not always automatic. A personal injury lawyer in Nevada is the best resource, but you can decide whether it's worth your time to make an appointment by asking yourself these two questions.
How Long Ago Was the Accident That Caused the Injuries?
The state of Nevada only allows auto accident victims to file compensation claims for two years following the accident. This law is called the statute of limitations, and the two year countdown begins on the day of the accident. If you exceed the two year statute of limitations by even one day, you relinquish all legal rights to file a lawsuit or otherwise pursue compensation for your injuries.
In general, it is best to follow the rule of "the sooner the better" when it comes to reporting injuries in an auto accident. Even if you are still being treated for your injuries (and therefore don't know the full extent of your damages) it is still best to make sure you report your intentions to file a claim quickly. Your attorney can help you make sure that the statute of limitations won't work against you, even if you are still being treated for your injury two years after the accident.
Bottom Line: Yes, you can be eligible for compensation if you take legal action in a timely manner.
Do You Have a Qualifying Injury?
If you were injured in an auto accident that was not your fault - or that was only partly your fault - you are likely to have a qualifying injury. Put simply, a qualifying injury is virtually any physical injury that occurred because of the accident. The injury may not even be immediately apparent in some cases.
For example, whiplash is a qualifying injury in an auto accident, but the symptoms often don't show up until hours or even days after the accident. Any injury that existed prior to the auto accident won't typically qualify. However, it is possible for the auto accident to worsen a pre-existing injury, in which case it could become a qualifying injury. It is very important to make sure that you get medical attention for any injuries sustained in the accident immediately. Get the most complete documentation of the injury to get the best results when it comes to compensation.
Bottom Line: Yes, you can be eligible for compensation as long as you have an injury from the accident.
While these are helpful tips for Nevada, every state has their own rules regarding compensation for accident injuries. In whatever state you may reside, it may be a good idea to study up on what to expect, and contact a local accident attorney in your area.Share
4 November 2015
When I was a child, my father was the pastor of a small evangelical church in my hometown. I always enjoyed going to church in order to play with my friends. One of these friends suffered a horrific accident at a local gas station one day. As he was walking towards the entrance to the gas station, he was struck by a vehicle. His leg was seriously injured during the accident. To help with the expenses of recovery, his father hired an accident and personal injury attorney. This professional helped my friend’s father sue the person who struck his son. On this blog, you will discover the advantages of hiring an accident and personal injury attorney after incurring injuries from a devastating accident.